Start in Amritsar and end in Kathmandu! With the discovery tour Grand Tour of India and Nepal (2020), you have a 18 day tour package taking you through Amritsar, India and 7 other destinations in Asia. Grand Tour of India and Nepal (2020) includes accommodation in a hotel as well as flights, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Arrive in the Indian capital of Delhi and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, you?ll head out for a guided sightseeing tour of Humayun?s Tomb and Qutab Minar in New Delhi. Meet your Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort at a Welcome Dinner this evening in your hotel.
In and around AmritsarAfter breakfast early this morning, you?ll be taken to the station for your Shatabdi Express rail journey to Amritsar. The afternoon is free for you to explore the city at your own leisure.
This morning, return to the Golden Temple to explore the ancient site in all its daytime glory. Walk to the Jallianwala Bagh Gardens and Memorial Site to see the shrine built after a massacre in 1919. This afternoon visit the Wagah Border to witness the ceremony marking the lowering of Pakistan and India?s flags. Head back to the hotel in time for dinner.
Fly to Delhi and enjoy an Insider Experience, and visit Old Delhi. Move on to New Delhi to see India Gate and the President?s Palace.
After breakfast, board the Gatimaan Express train to Agra where two Insider Experiences await.
Today, you will travel by coach to the city of Lucknow. Check in to your hotel where you?ll enjoy dinner this evening.
Today, set off on a sightseeing tour of Lucknow. Afterwards, visit the famous La Martiniere Boys? School, founded by an endowment from Major-General Claude Martin. Later, proceed to the moving British Residency, which is the site of the tragic siege of 1857.
Your final train journey of the tour takes you to Varanasi, the Hindu?s sacred city. It attracts thousandsof pilgrims a year. Tonight, watch the spectacular Aarti fire ceremony at the Ghats (steps) on the banks of the River Ganges.
After your Insider Experience this morning, take an excursion to Sarnath, now considered to be the place where Buddhism began. This afternoon, board your included flight to Delhi.
Today, fly to Kathmandu. Explore the fantastic Boudhanath Stupa, the largest in the world. Later, visit the Thangka Painting School and a local art gallery. This afternoon, check in to the Gokarna Forest Resort, located in the peaceful forests just outside the city.
Set of on an Insider Experience today. Tonight, go for dinner at Rum Doodle restaurant.
Visit Pashupatinath Temple after breakfast. Then be taken to Chitwan National Park, where a naturalist will talk to you about the resident wildlife, including rhinos, sloth bears and Bengal tigers. Later this afternoon, head to the ethnic village of Tharu on an ox cart.
After your Insider Experience and breakfast, head to Rapti River to witness elephants bathing. After lunch, ride a canoe on the river to look for two breeds of crocodile and a variety of bird species. Later, visit the Gharial Breeding Centre and set off on a jungle walk through the national park.
This morning, drive to Pokhara, set on the shores of Lake Phewa. Stay for three nights at the Fish Tail Lodge, set on a peaceful island and accessible only by boat.
With a free day in Pokhara, explore at your own pace.
Following your Insider Experience, explore Pokhara and visit Davi?s Waterfall, the Gurkha Museum, and the Tibetan Camp. Then, cruise on Lake Phewa with views over Fish Tail Peak.
Today you?ll drive through the rolling terrain back to Kathmandu where you will check in to your hotel on arrival. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.
Return to the airport this morning.